US Uber passenger faces prison after racist outburst

An Uber passenger in San Francisco is facing 16 years in prison, after an alleged aggressive and racist outburst at her driver. 

After refusing to wear a mask, Arna Kimiai, 24 has gone viral on social media, showing her coughing and swearing at 32-year-old Subhakar Khandka.

With more than 3.5 million views on Twitter, Kimiai handed herself into police at the weekend as the pressure continued to mount. 

According to CBS Bay Area, The San Francisco District Attorney's Office says the woman will be charged with multiple charges, with attempted robbery and assault the most serious. 

In the clip, Kimiai can be heard saying "F*** the mask" before reaching for Khandka's phone yelling "what you gonna do?". 

The driver replies saying "You don't touch my property. You didn't buy it, I bought it, I worked hard for it". 

Lawyer Seth Morris told The Independent that Kimiai handed herself in "peacefully" to the San Francisco Police at 7pm on Sunday.

"Ms. Kimiai acted appropriately and responsibly when she found out she had a warrant for her arrest, coordinating her peaceful surrender through her legal counsel and the SFPD," Morris says. 

A friend of Kimiai, Malaysia King has also been arrested for the aggression she showed. 

Despite not being caught on video, King is also accused of pointing pepper spray at the driver. 

She was arrested on March 11 on a number of charges for assault with a caustic chemical, assault and battery. The third suspect is yet to be publicly identified. 

In an interview, Mr Khanka says Kimiai "started taunting me, cursing me, questioning me about being a man".

"The ladies were even talking about shooting me, calling their cousins to shoot me. They were making fun of my race."

Uber gave the man $120, as compensation for the incident. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support Khandka while he is not working, which has already received more than $100,000.